Linking cgit with Lua using -Wl,-E

John Keeping john at
Sun Oct 23 17:55:39 CEST 2016

I assume it's possible to build a shared library; I get both shared and
static installed by my package manager.

It looks like there is some performance concern about using a shared
libary for Lua[1], but I doubt performance is critical for most uses
with CGit so I would recommend building and linking to the Lua shared
library if possible.

If you need to link to the static library, I think it will be safer to

	-rdynamic -fvisibility=hidden

but that will still expose all of the symbols from libgit.a, which was
not designed to be used as a library by third-party code and thus does
not prefix its symbols, so you still have to be wary of symbol
collisions with other libraries.


On Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 09:54:23AM +0200, Дилян Палаузов wrote:
> liblua is linked statically. This is what you get, when you compile
> Lua from source (no
> On 10/16/2016 01:55 PM, John Keeping wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 07:30:08AM +0200, Дилян Палаузов wrote:
> >> on my system I wanted to link cgit with lua, so that lua can load the
> >> (lua) module.  For this to work the symbol lua_gettop has to
> >> be exported by cgit.  I managed this by passing "-Wl,-E" to the
> >> linker, when compiling cgit.
> >
> > How are you linking to liblua?  I thought we normally linked that
> > dynamically so the symbol should be exported from the shared library
> > even if the cgit binary does not export symbols.
> >

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